You never thought it could happen, but accidents happen. And now you need dental implants. But what exactly does that entail? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root similar to a screw that is placed in your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It will take a few procedures but once it’s done, it’ll be like you never had a missing tooth.
But what now? You have a basic grasp of daily oral care, but implants can’t possibly be the same to maintain as normal teeth, right? Does this mean you will need to retrain yourself a new dental care routine in order to look after them? Not exactly, but you will definitely have some things to alter a bit. The following are just a few things to keep in mind as you are going forward with your brand-new teeth:
You will be able to eat normally, speak without issue and no one will notice, feel free to smile just as you did before losing the tooth. While implants are designed to withstand quite a bit, don’t go neglecting their care. You may not be able to get cavities like your originals, but you can get inflamed gums and infections, or periodontal disease, just like before. Dental implants are generally meant to last for decades to come, but they are still breakable. Handle them with care. Make sure you are careful when you are cleaning or caring for them. Your new restorations will require periodic checking by your dentist to ensure that everything is working properly, and the surrounding gums and bone are being maintained and remain healthy.
If you would like more information on dental implants, call Dr. Herd in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA at 949-858-5147 or visit www.gregherddds.com.
Dr. Greg J. Herd proudly serves Rancho Santa Margarita and all surrounding areas.